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Rachel's Tears 10th Anniversary Edition [Paperback]

Beth S Nimmo
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Feb. 17 2009

"I am not going to apologize for speaking the name of Jesus . . . If I have to sacrifice everything . . . I will." –Rachel Scott

The Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the heart of our country. We later learned that the teenage killers specifically targeted Rachel Scott and mocked her Christian faith on their chilling, homemade videotapes. Rachel Scott died for her faith. Now her parents talk about Rachel's life and how they have found meaning in their daughter's martyrdom in the aftermath of the school shooting. Rachel's Tears comes from a heartfelt need to celebrate this young girl's life, to work through the grief and the questions of a nation, and to comfort those who have been touched by violence in our schools today. Using excerpts and drawings from Rachel's own journals, her parents offer a spiritual perspective on the Columbine tragedy and provide a vision of hope for preventing youth violence across the nation.

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Beth Nimmo is the mother of Rachel Scott, the first victim killed at Columbine High School. Beth is the co-author of Rachel's Tears and author of The Journals of Rachel Scott.

Darrell Scott has become a crusader since his daughter's death in the Columbine High School tragedy. He is the co-founder of The Columbine Redemption and is the co-author of the bestselling book Rachel's Tears and Chain Reaction.

Steve Rabey is an award-winning author and speaker.  He has written nearly twenty books and over 2,000 articles about religion and popular culture in the New York Times, Christian Retailing, and Publishers Weekly, among many others.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something? Jan. 10 2002
I've had such a hard time getting through this book.
Yes, Rachel was a true servant of God. Yes, Rachel loved humanity.
Yes, Rachel struggled with temptation, and everything else we all go through, but I don't understand why she had to be written about.
A martyr? I'm more than halfway through the book and I've yet to come across anything that says or suggests that she was targeted because of her religious beliefs.
Rachel was loved, and admired by those who knew her, but I don't think that her relationship with the Lord was any better or any worse than those of other believers. I've been a born again christian for the past 16 years, and all Rachel went through while in school, I went through, and that didn't make me better or worser than the person next to me.
Rachel had a deep relationship with God that many teenagers her age don't have. She wanted to be used by God. She wanted heads to turn when she walked by. That's great. She was dear and special. That's great, but I'm missing something and I don't know what it is.
I truly believe that instead of writing about Rachel herself, her parents should've published all her beautiful poetry and drawings. She was obviously a very talented young lady who had so much to offer, and yet her life was cut short by two boys who obviously needed a lot of help.
I wish I could give this book more stars, but I just can't justify my doing so.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Relatively Interesting June 13 2004
This is a relatively interesting book, but I don't believe that Rachel was asked that. That doesn't make her death any less tragic or make her any less of a person, but Rachel (along with Danny R.) was killed outside; part of a random shooting. The two other people sitting with her I believe were also shot. They weren't asked about their faith and I don't believe Rachel was either. I think the only one asked and shot was Valeen S. I think her name was. If she had been asked, and Rachel said no, they would have shot her anyway. They asked two other kids if they believed in God (Dylan did), and when someone answered yes, Dylan just walked away.
Anyway, this is an interesting read, but I did find it hard to get past all the preaching. Maybe that's because I'm not to religious, but Christians who believe that Rachel was asked will probably divulge the book. It's written well, and interesting, what's not to like if you don't mind preaching?
Just remember that Rachel and Cassie aren't the only victims here. Their death is no more important than Danny R., Daniel M., Kyle, Kelly, John, Isaiah, Corey, Steven, Lauren, Matt and Mr. Sanders. ALL of these people's deaths are important, but because it's speculated that they were asked a question doesn't make Rachel and Cassie above the others. RIP all of them!
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I could not put this book down, though I did have to stop reading at times when it got too emotional. I couldn't believe how much this book got to me, but it did. Webster's defines a martyr as "one who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce his religion". If Rachel Scott, affirming her belief in God with a gun to her head, is not a martyr, I don't know who is.
Rachel, like every other mortal, wasn't perfect, and nowhere in the book suggested that she was. She did, however, do her best to let Jesus shine through her. She was honest with herself, and very self-critical, always looking for ways to better serve God. She learned lessons along the way as everyone does. Most admirably in my opinion, she walked the walk rather than talk the talk.
Her parents, too, are an inspiration. I can't imagine how terrible it would've been to be in their shoes having lost their daughter to such a senseless act of violence. Through all their grief and anger, they've somehow found it in their hearts to forgive the two killers. I admit they're much stronger than I. There's no way I could ever forgive the people who intentionally killed my child.
I still gasp in disbelief that a few people actually gave this one star. Their rantings and ravings clearly point to a deep rooted hatred of Christianity. One reviewer even accused Rachel's parents of pushing right-wing propaganda through the pages. I'm assuming this reviewer was referring to the section in which Rachel's father said he doesn't blame guns for his daughter's death. I guess her father's honest opinion is "right wing propaganda" if you don't agree with it.
This book is a source of inspiration, hope, and renewed faith in God and the human spirit. There are two sides to every story.
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This book touched me like no other. 'Rachel's Tears' detail's Rachel Joy Scott's faith in God despite peer pressure and struggles in life. Rachel's closeness and passion for God was amazing. This book is based on Rachel's journal entries, letters to God, and the testimony of her friends and loved ones. It also has a few pictures of her and many images of Rachel's actual journal entries. If you're mostly interested in Rachel's journal entries also consider buying 'The Journals Of Rachel Scott: A Journey Of Faith At Columbine High'. 'Rachel's Tears' not only provides a lot of info about Rachel, but it gives a lot of life lessons from a Christian point of view. This book may not be well suited for non-christians or anyone that dislikes touchy feely books.
While reading the book two main debates arise as you read.
Was Rachel acurately potrayed in this book, or did her family exaggerate or try to make her seem like a saint? Yes, the authors (Her family) noted that Rachel was not perfect, but she had a great deal of faith and commitment in God and desire to help people. She had a walk with God that most of us could only hope for.
Was Rachel in fact a modern day Martyr for the Christian faith? I honestly believe she was. I feel God works in misterious ways.
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1.0 out of 5 stars no...
i sorry, i read this book and it was VERY easy to put down. simple as the fact that because she was a christian and because she died, does NOT make her a martyr. Read more
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